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Specimens of the Plague Year

For one year during the covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Robert Schultz made notes and art in a daily practice of reflection and observation. To accompany his wide-ranging entries, he browsed his wife’s gardens, bringing in small, local beauties to photograph on his scanner. Things blooming and failing in their seasons mark our collective progress through a year of beauty and terror. Specimens of the Plague Year is cloth bound with dust jacket and includes 38 full-color art plates.

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Robert Schultz: Against the Dark

Robert Schultz’s Streetlight Art Search-winning work will be exhibited at the Chroma Projects unique “vault” gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia February 4-25, 2022. The exhibition, curated by Deborah McLeod, includes prints and journal entries from Schultz’s Specimens of the Plague Year as well as chlorophyll print portraits of writers Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, and Rachel Carson. Schultz’s specimen prints were made using items gathered in his wife’s gardens which he scanned in a darkened room with the scanner’s lid removed. The Chroma Projects gallery is located upstairs directly across from The Front Porch, 3 rd Street S.E., Charlottesville, Virginia. Purchase inquiries should be addressed to Deborah…

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“Memorial Leaves” Solo Exhibit Opens August 12

Robert Schultz’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia August 12. “Memorial Leaves” draws inspiration from Walt Whitman’s prediction that the nation’s civil war dead will inhabit “every future grain of wheat and ear of corn, and every flower that grows, and every breath we draw.” The exhibition’s chlorophyll prints–portraits of…

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Reliquary at Academy Art Museum

Robert Schultz’s “Reliquary” is an archival print made of an assemblage of items that includes a chlorophyll print, plant specimens, and a locust. This work was selected for exhibition in the “New Photography II” show at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD juried by Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator at the National Gallery of Art. The…

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Exhibition: Artist’s Proof Editions in the UVA Rotunda

UVA’s Rare Book School has told the story of Katherine McNamara’s groundbreaking work in an innovative exhibition mounted in the historic dome room of Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda. Filling glass-front cabinets, the exhibition tells McNamara’s story “through the eyes and voice of the editor herself—with her recollections and personal documents telling the story she lived. McNamara…

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Roanoke College Biennial Exhibitions, 2015 & 2017, features chlorophyll prints of Emily Dickinson, Rachel Carson by Robert Schultz

In 2015 curator Margot Norton selected “Emily Pentacostal” for the biennial, and in 2017 co-curators Beth Rudin DeWoody and Joanna Leonhardt Cassulo chose a portrait of environmentalist Rachel Carson made in a tulip leaf. Because tulip leaves become semi-translucent in the chlorophyll print process, the Rachel Carson leaf and others have been mounted in float…

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